- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
A Hollywood man fired gunshots toward four law officers on Saturday, charging papers allege, during a seven-hour standoff outside his residence.
Two Calvert County sheriff’s tactical team deputies fired back at 53-year-old Joseph Leonard Anderson, St. Mary’s detectives report, but no one was injured, and Anderson eventually surrendered to police at about 10:30 a.m. that day at the property off Mervell Dean Road. A judge ordered Monday that Anderson be held without bond to receive a psychiatric evaluation
St. Mary’s sheriff’s deputies initially went to the residence at about 3 a.m. Saturday after Anderson told family members that he planned to kill himself, court papers state, and the family members advised police that he had a shotgun and had not taken his prescribed medication for mental disorders. Police heard a radio playing in a two-story shed behind the house, and charging papers allege that Anderson fired five gunshots inside the shed and later stepped out on a second-story landing to fire about three more rounds at Calvert deputies Thomas Rickard and Justin Livingston, and St. Mary’s deputies Cpl. Margaret Smolarsky and Cpl. William Raddatz. They were in a yard near Route 235, a state highway that was closed off to traffic throughout the standoff until Anderson was taken into custody.
In court on Monday, a public defender said Anderson had gotten medication from a hospital, and had sought voluntary admission to the facility. “They rejected him,” the lawyer said.